Communications Officer (Nova Scotia)

Communications Officer (NOC 1525)

Location: Medical Communications Centre - Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Emergency Medical Care Inc. (EMC) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Medavie Health Services (MHS) that manages and operates ground ambulance, air medical transport and the medical communications operations in Nova Scotia through a performance-based contract with the provincial government's Emergency Health Services (EHS) Operations division and the Department of Health and Wellness.

Reporting to the MCC Operations Lead, the Communications Officer is responsible for the processing of requests for service for the provincial EHS system. In this role, you may be tasked with acting as a call taker or dispatcher during shift operations. The Communications Officer serves as the first contact with the caller and, as such, will often be called upon to calm and direct the actions of incoming callers pass on pertinent information and provide direction to responding agencies. You must possess the innate ability to perform several tasks at one time.

In a capacity covering a broad range of duties and responsibilities, the mission of the Communications Officer will be to contribute to the overall operational status of the Communication Centre as fully functional while meeting or exceeding customer/ patient expectations during assigned shifts.

The Communications Officer assists with the effective, indirect delivery of patient care, by aggressively following Deployment Plans, following standardized call-taking procedures and protocols including, the effective delivery of pre-arrival and post-dispatch instructions, and through positive collaborative practice with all team members

As an employee of EMC, we are accountable to our patients and coworkers by participating in and supporting all safety-related initiatives, as well as acting in a manner that fosters a culture that focuses on patient safety and a safe workplace.


The position entails, but is not limited to the following:

  • Maintains high standards for health, safety, welfare, and ethical behavior
  • Adheres to all policies, procedures, directives, and Standard Operating Guidelines of agencies, institutional and regulatory bodies which are approved and/or adopted by the Centre
  • Responsible to fulfill various functions of the role including but not limited to, processing of incoming calls, dispatching of appropriate resources, and handling general inquiries according to proper procedure
  • Responsible for maintaining a clean and organized workspace
  • Responsible to ensure the timely and accurate completion of required paperwork and reports


Education & Experience:

  • Minimum Grade 12
  • Ability to successfully complete specialized training provided by EMC
  • Paramedic licensure through the Nova Scotia College of Paramedics is considered an asset but not required
  • Experience as a Communications Officer/Dispatcher within a high-performance Medical Communication Centre an asset

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Ability to accurately type 25 words per minute.
  • Ability to work under pressure in a fast- paced environment Excellence in customer service
  • Excellent communication and interaction skills
  • Must have a functional working knowledge of computer software, including but not limited to Microsoft Office
  • Preference may be given to bilingual candidates
  • Responsible for using proper telecommunications techniques and etiquette


The employee will spend various periods of sitting, standing, walking, crouching, lifting, and/ or carrying light objects. Required to maintain prolonged periods of repetitive motion and/or body position for possibly long periods, such as sitting at meetings, or in a desk setting. The employee will be reading data or inputting data, operating the computer, and talking on the telephone. Use and exposure to general office equipment such as fax, photocopier, printer, and personal computer. Frequent exposure to low to moderate noise levels.

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Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative of the citizens we serve. We are committed to building an inclusive team that represents a variety of backgrounds, cultures, races, perspectives and skills. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates including women, persons of any sexual orientations and gender identities and/or expressions, Indigenous persons, African Canadians, other racialized groups, persons with disabilities. Candidates who identify as being from any of these groups are encouraged to voluntarily self-identify.

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